Pagan gods, natural events, and the farmer
Once upon a time there was a rich farmer. Spoke to his wife on a beautiful autumn day: “man, we had a good harvest. Cellar and barn, pantry and kitchen are full and we are good for the winter. Let us celebrate Thanksgiving!” -So only one of the fairy tale, which indicate the origin of Thanksgiving begins. All legends and fairy tales revolve around the first and the last harvest of the year. It is also about the gratitude of the farmers, the gracious nature has gifted him so rich. Yes, exactly. The nature and the associated nature spirits. This beautiful Festival appears to be much older than Christianity, and although nowadays almost exclusively Catholic communities celebrate it’s his roots lie far away from the Catholic Church.
To the end of summer and beginning of autumn, we traditionally celebrate Thanksgiving
People always their gratitude of nature have opposite expressed through symbolic offerings
To honor the spirits and the gods of the harvest and of bread, farmers celebrated the last harvest
Our peasant ancestors were closely tied to the natural events and directed their celebrations after the natural events. The celebrations of the harvest began in the middle of summer and ended with the beginning of autumn. As for the farmers, the harvest is the culmination of his hard work and such an event to be celebrated in festive. Today, provided the date of the feast of the Church and always falls on the first Sunday of October Golden.
The bread is made from flour, these are actually ground wheat grains
The bread or grain, what the bread is made, is a sacred symbol of life
The wheel, which even today is laid down in the churches together with the harvest, is a Sun symbol
The farmer pays tribute to all cereals
The last harvest in ancient Germanic tribes probably had something to do with the day and Equinox, when the astronomical fall begins. Like today in the Church praying people to God, the Germanic farmers have shown dancing and singing earlier their gratitude on the creative power of the Sun and the deity of harvest and of the bread of Wotan. On the field were built straw figures, sunflower, pumpkins and turnips put to the victim and as a sign of gratitude, the farmers were the last fruits hang on the tree or in the field. You should get the wild Hunter, Wotan and other pagan gods. Also believed people earlier, that woman dressed up to hell as a poor woman and the kindness and the cordiality of the people checks. If you are too greedy, will be punished. Wooden scaffolds were built in the vineyards as a gift for the wine spirits.
Less and less, far away from the highway we can see still traditional decoration
Turnips, pumpkins, nuts and apples are placed on bales of straw as an expression of gratitude
Also for the vineyards there are competent ghosts and gods
Kirtage or festivals have always accompanied the harvest until the Church has not banned them. These were folk festivals, which has gathered the whole village to celebrate. There, games were held, similar to the Knight games, where the men could prove their skill. The women baked bread and plum cake. It was drinking beer and wine. The winner got a cock or a goat as a prize.
Before Christianity, the ancient Teutons Wotan honored the God of harvest, of bread and the fallen warriors,
Mrs. Holle or aunt Mählen dressed herself up and tested the generosity of the farmers, the people believed at the time
On the first Sunday in October, the German Catholic communities celebrate Thanksgiving
Today we express our gratitude to the altar in the Church. But also there the people put traditional fruit, vegetables, grain, hops, flowers, roots, and anything else that they could otherwise harvest, in old wooden wheels. Hereby we observe also the pagan origin. The wheel is perhaps the oldest symbol of the Sun, of creation and of eternal life.
When you visit some small villages and towns now in the beginning of autumn, you can see similar festivals, which almost, but not quite disappeared.
Apples, pears, hops, pumpkins, potatoes and candles are brought to the service in the Church
The more the farmer reaps its gratitude and recognition should be greater
Gratitude is a virtue, we must not forget